By Vicki Bendure This article is a part of the March/April 2019, Volume 31, Number 2, Audiology Today issue. Great interviews don’t just happen. They have years of training behind them. While some people are naturally outgoing, have great interview instincts, and can pull off successful interviews with little training, that isn’t the case for most people. And, even after years of training, there are those who need constant work and still get jitters even after a lot of experience. My friend and neighbor, Willard Scott from the Today Show has said numerous times that, in all of the years he was on TV, he never got over being nervous. I’ve watched him over the years and, although his nerves may have persisted, his on-camera abilities improved dramatically. Experience is the key to great interviews and practicing the necessary skills is a must. Take every opportunity to practice. You can do this by doing interviews with your local television station, being interviewed on small podcasts, doing interviews with your local print and online reporters, and meeting with key influencers. There are a few basic skills that are key to general interviews. This content is an exclusive benefit for American Academy of Audiology members. If you're a member, log in and you'll get immediate access. Member Login If you're not yet a member, you'll be interested to know that joining not only gives you access to top-notch resources like this one, but also invitations to member-only events, inclusion in the member directory, participation in professional forums, and access to patient resources, tools, and continuing education. Join today!